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Participant-driven professional development for teachers by teachers.

Edcamp Community by Digital Promise

location_on United States of America
Edcamps are free and open to anyone, organized by volunteers, usually full-time teachers. The sessions are decided on the day by those who are participating, making each one an expression of the needs and passions of those attending. The magic of Edcamp comes from the power of teachers collaborating and learning together through conversations, rather than standard “sit and get” presentations.
Hadley Ferguson, Edcamp co-founder
Edcamps are changing the experience that teachers around the world are having of professional development, empowering them and respecting the expertise that they have.

Hadley Ferguson, Edcamp co-founder

Overview

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HundrED 2019

HundrED 2021

HundrED 2020

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Innovation Overview

TEACHERS
Target Group
250 000
Children/Users
39
Countries
2010
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
1 563
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Updated on November 13th, 2020
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Participant-Driven Professional Development for Teachers by Teachers

Developing strong, energized teachers and keeping them in schools is critical to ensuring great learning experiences for students. We believe that teacher-to-teacher learning is not only an effective way to improve practice in the classroom, but is a crucial strategy to develop teacher leaders, increase teacher satisfaction, and build teachers’ professional learning communities. Our participant-driven, collaborative model is an important supplement to traditional professional development offerings. The Edcamp movement has spread to 46 countries around the world with over 4,000 Edcamps having been held since 2010. 

All Edcamps follow several key tenets:

  • Participant-driven: Edcamps allow educators to collaboratively determine session topics, giving educators "voice and choice" in their professional learning.
  • Free to all attendees: Edcamps never charge a fee, and are open to the public for educators of all levels, subjects and districts to attend. 
  • Experience, not Experts: Edcamps encourage educators to facilitate sessions by sharing experiences; it's about conversations, not planned presentations. 
  • Reliant on the Rule of Two Feet/Clicks:  Edcamps suggest educators find sessions that meet their needs to maximize learning. 

The end result of an Edcamp event is engaged, empowered, and prepared teachers who adopt effective methods in their classrooms and become leaders and change agents in their schools.

Research

HundrED Academy Review

Scalability is not an issue at all because of their flexible structure could be conducted anywhere around the world. It surely has a huge impact on educators around the globe.

- HundrED Academy Member

I consider Edcamp as a strong initiative from teachers to teachers. This is an excellent co-creational model. The beauty and the magic of co-creation is to feel that there are others on the same boat, feeling ideas and challenges that are similar no matter the geography.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
Edcamp is innovative in that it provides a safe space for educators to explore and discuss their fears and concerns free of judgment. Its movement has spread to 39 countries around the world with thousands of Edcamps having been held since 2010. 
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Achievements & Awards

May 2019
500 views
November 2018
HundrED 2019
August 2018
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Steps

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
Host an Edcamp
This isn't a hard process!
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02
Build an organizing team
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03
Order the Coffee!
Refreshments for a Saturday morning
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04
Build the Session Board
Sessions are always based on what those attending want to talk about!
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05
Celebrate the Learning
Take time to review the day.
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